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Reading Specialists

ASSESSMENTS

AIMSweb
The School Wide Assessment Team (S.W.A.T.) administers the AIMSweb Benchmark Assessment three times each year (fall, winter, spring) to students K-8.  S.W.A.T. is made up of K-8 Reading Specialists and K-5 Special Education teachers.  The AIMSweb Benchmark Assessment is a research-based, standardized tool used to assess reading skills. This assessment is used to help determine what interventions or support a student may need.

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System
The Reading Team, along with K-2 classroom teachers and special education teachers use the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System to determine the reading levels of each student. This assessment is used to help determine what interventions or support a student may need. These levels also help guide classroom instruction, as well as, in the grouping of students for reading instruction. The reading level gained from the Benchmark Assessment also prepares students to select a reading book at the appropriate level.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP is a computerized assessment that every student (Grades K-8) completes three times per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) which assesses math and reading skills.  This assessment is used to help determine what interventions or support a student may need. This assessment was given prior to the 2015-2016 school year.

STAR Assessment (STAR)
STAR is a computerized assessment that every student (Grades K-8) completes three times per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) which assesses math and reading skills.  This assessment is used to help determine what interventions or support a student may need.

INTERVENTIONS

Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) (Grades K-3)
This program is used with the students in Tier 2 & Tier 3 intervention groups, 3-5 days a week.  LLI is a supplementary reading intervention program designed for young children who struggle with reading & writing and need intensive support to achieve grade level competency.
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Fundations (Grades K-2)
Fundations provides students with a foundation for reading and spelling. It is part of the CORE language arts instruction,delivered to intervention students. Fundations instruction emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonics-word study, high frequency word study, fluency, vocabulary, handwriting, and spelling.

Soar to Success (Grades 3-8)
This program is used with Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention groups.  Soar to Success has two main goals:  Accelerate students’ reading abilities as quickly as possible and to help students learn to apply and use comprehension strategies and skills of an effective reader as they read across curriculum.

Making Connections (Grades 2-5)
This program is used with Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention groups. The instructional objective of Making Connections is to teach important comprehension skills using high-interest text.  A wide variety of graphic organizers are used to give students several approaches to understanding relationships among ideas or information in a text.  

Read Naturally (Grades 2-7)
Read Naturally is a research-based program that enables students to become fluent readers.  It has three components:  teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring.

Wilson Reading System (Grades 3-7)
The Wilson Reading System is a highly structured reading and writing program that serves as an intervention for struggling readers. Students learn the structure of words and language by directly instructing students to decode and encode (spell) fluently.